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World No rush of Ukrainian students at universities

10:30  04 october  2022
10:30  04 october  2022 Source:   berliner-kurier.de

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A big rush of Ukrainian students at the universities, according to the State Rectors' Conference (LRK) in Germany and Baden-Württemberg failed to materialize. "On the one hand, this is due to the fact that young men were collected, and on the other hand, at digital offers from local universities that are accepted by refugee students," said LRK boss Thomas Puhl of the German Press Agency.

Studentinnen und Studenten sitzen während einer Vorlesung in einem Hörsaal in Tübingen. © Sebastian Gollnow/dpa/archive image students sit in an lecture hall in Tübingen during a lecture.

The Rector of the University of Mannheim had initially predicted a number of up to 100,000 students nationwide according to data from the German Academic Exchange Service. According to him, the number is currently more than 30,000 - almost a third of them are students from third countries who were enrolled in Ukraine before the war.

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The Baden-Württemberg Ministry of Science also observes only a “very moderate” development in the applications: for the period March 2022 to mid-September 2022, the universities reported to department 362 enrolled students with Ukrainian nationality. There are also 17 students from other origin fled before the war. Fees of 1500 euros per semester only have to pay students from safe third countries.

reasons for the rather low interest in studying in Germany are primarily language barriers, based on which the students prefer Poland, Slovakia, the Czech Republic and Romania. According to the Ministry, the more important goals are the most important goals in Germany.

is very popular among the departments: In the southwest, every fifth student has applied for one place at one of the five music academies. "Half orchestra came to Germany, especially since the full language skills for musicians are not necessary," says Puhl.

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Example Freiburg: At the Musikhochschule, around 50 students fled from Ukraine at the beginning of March. Some of them were able to continue their studies there or were passed on to other music schools in Italy and Spain. "Our teachers reacted with overwhelming support: Although their deputies are full, they have agreed to include the Ukrainian students in their courses," said Rector Ludwig Holtmeier. 22 women from Ukraine are currently studying at his university, including four singers and three composers.

The number of Ukrainian students will increase if the first high school graduates from Ukraine are registered at the universities, Puhl predicts. He assumes that many school leavers stay in Germany to start studying. This is attractive because the tuition fees are exposed to the Ukrainians, although they do not come from the EU. According to Puhl, only the very best can study in Ukraine.

All institutional collaborations with Russian universities have been put on hold by the rectors of German universities. "A clear sign had to be set."

At the universities of LM Land, Russian and Ukrainian students discuss the political situation after observing the LRK leader at an academic level. "I don't know anything about disputes - dealing is civilized." 31 Ukrainians - twice as many as in the previous year - study at the University of Mannheim this winter semester. A handful of scientists from Ukraine found shelter there as junior professors and an openly regime -critical Russian political scientist. From a country from the country, scientists from Ukraine can be supported for half a year with 1200 euros per month.

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